Downtown Fairplay welcomes back two iconic festivals this weekend: the annual Bead & Fiber Show on historic Front Street and Living History Days at neighboring South Park City.
After nearly a decade, the once bead-only show added fibers to the mix three years ago. "With so many fiber artists including beads in their work and as many bead artists including fiber in their creations, the combination seemed like a natural," said event organizer Pat Pocius, who owns South Park Pottery & Backroom Beads and manages the business side of Coyote Creek Studio Arts next door. The show's juried competition includes three categories for beads and pendants - wearable, hot/warm glass and decorative - whereas the fiber category is an open class, Pocius said. The festival also offers demonstrations of various techniques, including raku pottery bead making at 11 a.m. Sunday and lampworking on both days."Lampworking is melting glass in a torch flame to create a bead or small glass object," Pocius said. Visitors are invited to give the torch a try."Some of the fiber artists will also be demonstrating in their booths and one fiber vendor will be bringing one of her llamas as well," Pocius said. "We also have a lapidary artist that will be demonstrating the stone inlay process, and a member of Coyote Creek Studio Arts, Russell DeBaun, will be demonstrating his forged copper jewelry techniques in front of the gallery. There will be a stone wire-wrapping class at South Park Pottery Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. for a cost of $25, materials provided."
In addition to the Bead & Fiber Show, Fairplay also hosts Living History Days at neighboring South Park City this weekend. A restored 1880s mining town of 42 authentic buildings, some on their original locations and some transported from area ghost towns, South Park City evokes the Old West in an all-inclusive setting. The town comes alive during Living History Days, in which costumed volunteers reenact frontier life. Together, the two attractions make for at least a full day of cultural enrichment on the other side of Hoosier Pass, if not two.
What: Fairplay Bead & Fiber ShowWhen: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12Where: Front Street, FairplayInfo: www.backroombeads.com or (719) 836-2698What: Living History DaysWhen: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12Where: South Park City, 100 4th St., FairplayCost: $9/adults, $7/seniors, $4/children 6-12, free/5 and underInfo: www.southparkcity.org or (719) 836-2387